Foxconn partnering with Thailand’s PTT to build EVs; MIH open EV platform

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Foxconn and PTT have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in setting up an open platform for producing electric vehicles (EV) and key components to serve the EV sector in Thailand. The platform, comprising hardware and software services, will be available to all automobile players in Thailand looking to accelerate their production and sales of EVs in Thailand and elsewhere in the ASEAN region.

EVLOMO and Rojana to invest $1.06B to build 8 GWh battery plant in Thailand

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announced plans to setup an 8 GWh Lithium Battery plant in the EEC of Thailand. Together, the companies will invest up to a total of $ 1.06 billion through a new joint venture company. In this new JV company, Rojana Industrial Park Public Co., The collaboration brings together Rojana, a leader from the industrial estate development sector of Thailand and with EVLOMO, company promoting greater ZEV adoption by offering an ultrafast and convenient charging network.


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GPSC to build plant for 24M semi-solid batteries in Thailand; 30 MWh to start, 100 MWh in 2021

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Global Power Synergy PLC (GPSC) is building a battery manufacturing facility in Thailand using 24M’s novel SemiSolid lithium-ion technology ( earlier post ). GPSC is the main power and utility company of PTT Group.

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Ford to Invest $450M in New Passenger Vehicle Plant in Thailand

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Ford Motor Company is investing US$450 million (THB 15 billion) in a new passenger vehicle manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand, scheduled for completion in 2012. The facility will begin building the next-generation Ford Focus in 2012 for Thailand and other markets in the Asia-Pacific region. The highly flexible plant will be capable of building a diverse range of vehicles in the future.

Mercedes-Benz Cars to build battery factory in Jawor, Poland; ninth in its global network

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Mercedes-Benz Cars will build a battery factory at the site in Jawor, Poland, and thus extend its global battery production network to nine factories. In Jawor, approximately 100 km away from the German border, Mercedes-Benz is currently building a state-of-the-art engine factory. It became apparent that building an engine factory in Jawor has been a good decision. In this way, the company says that it is securing for itself the best possible technology.

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UPS to add 1,400 new CNG vehicles over next year; building 15 new CNG fueling stations

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To support the purchase and planned deployment of the 1,400 new CNG vehicles, UPS plans to build 15 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations. UPS’ investment in a large scale alternative energy fleet has enabled the company to avoid more than 34 million gallons of conventional fuels since 2000. CNG is an important building block in our long-term fleet strategy and offers environmental and economic advantages. UPS CNG package truck. Click to enlarge.

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Report: Suzuki to build another engine plant in Indonesia, tripling its output

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plans to build another engine factory in Indonesia, tripling its output there to 150,000 units a year. The company plans to start up the engine plant and a facility for cast and forged engine parts at around the same time.Suzuki has been assembling its mainstay Swift and SX4 subcompacts in Indonesia, and is working to lift its annual output capacity there from 120,000 vehicles to at least 150,000 next spring. The Nikkei reports that Suzuki Motor Corp.

BMW Group launches battery component production in Leipzig and Regensburg

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The company is investing more than €250 million in its Regensburg and Leipzig locations alone to supply the BMW Group’s growing number of electrified vehicles with high-voltage batteries. This will ensure the company has sufficient volumes to meet growing demand for drivetrains.

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GM expands landfill-free efforts in Asia

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General Motors’ Rayong engine plant in Thailand and Cheongna proving ground in Korea are now landfill-free , bringing the company’s total to 33 sites throughout Asia that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all of their daily waste. GM’s plant in Rayong, Thailand, as well as its plant in Talegaon, India, swapped wood pallets for reusable, recycled-content plastic containers that weigh and cost less.

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Report: Daido Steel to make neodymium magnets in US for motors in hybrids and EVs

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The Nikkei reports that Daido Steel will build a neodymium magnet factory in the US to meet growing demand from automakers there for motors used in hybrid and electric vehicles. The US site will be the company’s fourth overseas production base, joining one in Thailand and two in China. Daido Steel recently worked with Honda to develop a neodymium magnet that does not use any heavy rare-earth materials ( earlier post ).

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GSMA study indicates Bangkok could gain US$1B per year in benefits through ITS; reduced travel time, CO2 emissions and accidents

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A new case-based research report produced by the GSMA — Building Digital Societies in Asia: Making Transportation Smarter — indicates that the successful implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the capital city of Thailand could reduce travel times between two to four days per commuter per year. On average, commuters in Thailand spend nearly 1.5 —“Building Digital Societies in Asia: Making Transportation Smarter”.

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Nissan, Frost & Sullivan study finds 37% of Southeast Asian consumers open to buying EV

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Customers in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia emerged as the most enthusiastic about electric cars. Along with the release of the study, Nissan announced that the new LEAF will go on sale in seven markets in Asia and Oceania during the next fiscal year: Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. A significant presence of full hybrids in Malaysia and Thailand skews association of EVs with hybrids.

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UPS to invest $100M more in compressed natural gas, CNG vehicles and related infrastructure

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UPS plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 380 new CNG tractors to its growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. This investment builds on the company’s existing 18 CNG fueling stations in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia and operates CNG vehicles in Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand.

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BMW targeting doubling energy density of battery cells by 2030, with current i3 as basis

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The facility brings together the full breadth of the company’s expertise and lays the foundations for adding to it. The BMW Group works together with worldwide partners throughout the value chain, ranging from scientific institutions and universities to established companies and start-ups. The company has also restructured its supply chains for the upcoming fifth generation of high-voltage batteries and will begin direct procurement of cobalt and lithium for battery cells in 2020.

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Ford Focus was best-selling nameplate in the world for the first half of 2012 with 489,616 units

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Ford Motor is also celebrating the production of the company’s 350 millionth vehicle—a Ford Focus. Ford celebrated the production milestone at its newest global manufacturing facility located in Rayong, Thailand, approximately 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of Bangkok. Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) plant is a $450-million facility, opened in May to produce the new Focus, which also is built in four other countries.

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Mazda to increase production capacity of SKYACTIV transmissions at Hofu Plant

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The initiative involves adding machining and assembly lines to an affiliated company’s building located next to the Nakanoseki district. In addition to the Nakanoseki district, Mazda will construct a new transmission plant in Thailand with an annual production capacity of around 400,000 units.

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MIT, QCRI use AI to enrich digital maps to improve GPS navigation; RoadTagger

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However, creating detailed maps is an expensive, time-consuming process done mostly by big companies, such as Google, which sends vehicles around with cameras strapped to their hoods to capture video and images of an area’s roads.

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Ford opening 66 more new dealerships in China by end of year; Asia-Pacific growth plans

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— Nigel Harris, general manager of Changan Ford Sales Company. CFMA) are building a new assembly plant in Chongqing, and just signed an agreement to build a new engine plant also in Chongqing. Ford’s Asia Pacific and Africa region encompasses markets on three continents, including Australia, China, India, Thailand and South Africa. Ford is aggressively expanding in Thailand as well. Ford is opening 66 new dealerships in China by the end of the year.

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BioAmber to be exclusive supplier of bio-based succinic acid to Mitsubishi Chemical

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Renewable chemistry company BioAmber ( earlier post ) has entered a strategic agreement with Mitsubishi Chemical through which BioAmber and its Asian distribution partner Mitsui & Co. The three companies are conducting a feasibility study to build a succinic acid production facility next to Mitsubishi’s planned polybutylene succinate (PBS, a renewable, biodegradable polymer) production plant in Thailand.

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Dow and BASF receive Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for HPPO Technology

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The Dow Chemical Company and BASF received a 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for their jointly developed hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology that vastly improves the production process of a key chemical intermediate, propylene oxide. The two companies successfully started up the first commercial-scale HPPO production plant in 2008 at BASF’s Antwerp, Belgium, facility.

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Mercedes-Benz will be producing 8 all-electric EQ models in 2022

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The global Mercedes-Benz production network is ready for the company’s electric product offensive and is integrating its Mercedes-EQ models into series production in its existing plants. The work on the building has already been completed.

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UPS to invest more than additional $90M in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure; 6 new CNG stations, 440 vehicles

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UPS plans to build an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 390 new CNG tractors and terminal trucks and 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. in addition to vehicles in Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand. The company has driven more than one billion miles since 2000 with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

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Ford cuts global water use 8.5% per vehicle from 2011 to 2012; total usage down 62% since 2000

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between 2011 and 2012—putting the company more than halfway toward its current goal of using an average of 4 cubic meters per vehicle globally by 2015. Ford’s water reduction success is a result of the company’s commitment to reduce the amount of water it uses by aggressively monitoring and managing just about every drop of water going into and out of its facilities and properties, says Andy Hobbs, director, Environmental Quality Office.

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Lux: micro-hybrids will provide the most economical path for automakers to meet 2025 fuel efficiency targets

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The Lux report— Building the Car of 2025: How to Cost-Effectively Get to 54.5 Carmakers such as Ford and GM have ongoing partnerships with companies like Alcoa and Nanosteel Company that develop materials to reduce weight. India and Thailand have set 20% targets, while Europe lags at 10%.

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Global geothermal industry passes 12,000 MW operational

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Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, the United States, and Yemen. Additionally, Alstom will build the 25 MW Los Humeros III in Mexico, Alterra Power announced drilling would begin at its Mariposa, Chile site next year and construction on other international projects continued by companies including US Geothermal, Ram Power, and Ormat.

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BMW Group plans Additive Manufacturing Campus

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Located in Oberschleissheim, just north of Munich, the facility will allow the company to continue developing its expertise in this field of work. Located in an existing building with a footprint of more than 6,000 square metres, it will accommodate up to 80 associates and over 30 industrial systems for metals and plastics. We are already using additive manufacturing to make prototype components on location in Spartanburg (US), Shenyang (China) and Rayong (Thailand).

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Mitsubishi to debut eight xEVs in next five years: hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs

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Concurrently, the company will focus on producing new compact vehicles and SUVs in emerging markets, and will strengthen manufacturing capabilities in China, Russia, and Thailand. In Japan, MMC will collaborate with Nissan on a joint venture to build a new minicar for domestic release. The company displayed a plug-in hybrid crossover concept vehicle, called the PX-MiEV, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2009. by Jack Rosebro. Mitsubishi will introduce 8 xEVs by FY 2015.

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Nissan investing $600M in Argentina; domestic production of new pick-up

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With the investment of US$600 million, the company will build pick-up trucks in Renault’s industrial complex in Córdoba on a dedicated pick-up assembly line. With this step, Argentina joins a network of global production sites for the NP300 Frontier that includes plants in Thailand, Mexico and soon Spain. The company has wholly owned-subsidiaries in Brazil, Chile (Jan. 2015) and soon in Argentina, as well as National Sales Companies in other markets.

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Nissan to Introduce New V-Platform and All-New Global Compact Car at Geneva 2010

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Breaking with conventional practice that focused on launching production in established markets such as the US, Europe and Japan, and then localizing for emerging markets, Nissan has instigated measures to start production of the completely new model at overseas manufacturing sites such as India, China and Thailand. In other words, Nissan’s objective is to build a series of models on the same platform at three overseas production sites for sale in more than 160 countries.

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Daimler & Renault-Nissan Alliance expand cooperation to 1-ton pickup trucks

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Nissan is the world’s second-biggest 1-ton pickup truck maker and has been building and selling 1-ton pickups for more than 80 years. The NP300, sold under the name NP300 Navara and NP300 Frontier (depending on the market), was launched in June 2014 and is currently produced in Thailand and Mexico. The strategic cooperation among the three companies began in 2010.

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Toyota to explore integration of SmartDeviceLink Technology with Ford subsidiary; open source version of Ford AppLink

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Toyota Motor Corporation has reached an agreement with Ford Motor Company to explore collaboration with Livio, a Ford subsidiary acquired in 2013 ( earlier post ), for the implementation of SmartDeviceLink (SDL) technology in future Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The announcement builds on that earlier collaboration. Three new markets are slated to come on board this year: Taiwan, New Zealand and Thailand.

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GM to double models with 40 mpg highway or better by 2017; ongoing manufacturing efficiency improvements

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Describing its product goals and tracking progress toward its 2020 manufacturing priorities in its 2012 Sustainability Report , General Motors reaffirmed its commitment to further reduce the energy used and the environmental impacts of building and operating an automobile. The company is also the thermodynamic efficiency of gasoline engines using a suite of technologies that include downsizing, turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation.

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Saudis Expand Price War Downstream

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These two refineries have seen great success recently, following the recent dip in oil prices after a deal was reached between the P5+1 and Iran, and are likely to build upon their already impressive refining margins (Gross refining margin for Essar refinery was $9.04 Given current market conditions, the Asian demand for diesel has reduced mainly due to the weakening Chinese market, while demand for gasoline is increasing in India, Pakistan, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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Polk forecasts global new vehicle auto sales to reach 77.7M in 2012, up 6.7%; expects China sales to grow 16% while US sales recovery slows

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Polk predicts Toyota and Honda, respectively, will realize the greatest amount of market share growth in 2012 as they begin to win back some lost share from their 2011 inventory shortages following natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. Volkswagen will continue to win US market share in 2012, according to Polk, approaching the 3% range, as the Beetle launch will build on its successful Passat and Jetta models available in the market. Polk forecast, millions of units.

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Ford Launches New Fiesta in China

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Ford Motor Company officially launched the new Ford Fiesta into the China market on the southern resort island of Hainan. The sedan and the five-door Fiesta hatchback are both built at the Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Company manufacturing facility in Nanjing. In addition to the Fiesta built at the Nanjing plant for the China market, Ford and Mazda’s joint-venture facility, Auto Alliance Thailand, will begin producing the new Fiesta next year.

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Global biofuels production up 17% in 2010 to hit all-time high of 105 billion liters

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In the United States, the record production of biofuels is attributed in part to high oil prices, which encouraged several large fuel companies, including Sunoco, Valero, Flint Hills, and Murphy Oil, to enter the ethanol industry. Asia produced 12% of the world’s biodiesel in 2010, a 20%t increase from 2009, mostly using palm oil feedstock in Indonesia and Thailand. Brazil plans to build 103 new sugarcane mills by 2019, increasing production capacity by 66%.

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Hitachi Restructures, Spinning Off Automotive Systems Business; to Launch Group-Wide Strategies for Li-ion Battery and Renewables Businesses

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In addition, on 1 April, the company will introduce organizations to plan and propose R&D and business strategies for the whole Hitachi Group regarding lithium-ion battery and renewable energy-related businesses. In this market, Hitachi has decided to separate its Automotive Systems Group on 1 July and establish it as a new company, with the goal of building a framework that can consistently generate stable earnings as a key Hitachi Group business going forward.

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GM Daewoo considering hybrid in 2011

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According to reports, the company, which was established in 2002, is carrying out projects to build eco-friendly cars, including a hybrid model. The company has also tentatively agreed with its labour union on the plan to produce a hybrid car in the country, according to an official. The company has five manufacturing facilities in Korea as well as an assembly facility in Vietnam. The company also sold in Korea and exported more than 1.9million units in 2008.

Nissan to introduce new global platform and compact car

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The V-Platform is expected to be incorporated into at least two other models over the next three years as Nissan instigates measures to begin production of its new model at overseas manufacturing sites such as India, China and Thailand rather than focusing on established markets such as the US, Europe and Japan. Nissan’s objective, it appears, is to build a series of models on the same platform at three overseas production sites that will then be sold in more than 160 countries.

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Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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In a recent Wall Street Journal article Bob Lutz (General Motors Vice Chairman) stated that GM will continue to build hybrids due to more stringent federal fuel economy standards even though the company most likely will always lose money on hybrids. Thailand. sales of hybrid SUVs and other fuel efficient vehicles will prove interesting to watch this year, especially if fuel prices remain relatively low.

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UOP looking to biomass catalytic pyrolysis to expand volumes of renewable hydrocarbon fuels

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The company currently has three major initiatives in that area: the commercialization of the hydrotreating UOP/Eni Ecofining process to convert fats, greases and non-edible, second-generation natural oils to Honeywell Green Diesel ( earlier post ); Green Jet Fuel ( earlier post ); and its joint venture with Ensyn Corporation, Envergent Technologies, for the pyrolytic conversion of forest and agricultural waste residues to a liquid renewable oil and subsequent upgrading ( earlier post ).

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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It solves the storage problems faced by the electric utility companies in absorbing and adapting to the highly variable power and energy generated by solar and wind. One PHEV company, Efficient Drivetrains Inc., has constructed prototype PHEV trucks for electric utility companies which can deliver energy to power an entire neighborhood during maintenance or repair when there is a power outage [ 4 ]. We imagine you objecting: “Oh no, we’ll have to build lots more power plants!”

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